Screen Recording with QuickTime

By: O. Wolfson

Is it just me, or is creating a screen recording in quicktime a little bit unintuitive? I always forget how to do it, so I'm writing this post to remind myself, and hopefully help you out too.

Screen Recording with QuickTime:

QuickTime is a built-in application on macOS that allows you to easily record your screen. Here's how you can use it for screen recording:

  1. Open QuickTime Player

  2. Start Screen Recording: Once QuickTime Player is open, press Command + Shift + 5. This will open the screen recording interface.

  3. Select Recording Area: In the screen recording interface, you'll see options to either record the entire screen or a selected portion. If you want to record the entire screen, simply click on the "Record Entire Screen" button. If you want to record a specific portion, click on the "Record Selected Portion" button and drag to select the area you want to record.

  4. Start Recording: After selecting the recording area, click on the "Record" button (a red circle) to start the screen recording.

  5. Stop Screen Recording: To stop the screen recording, you have a couple of options:

    • Press Command + Control + Esc: This is a keyboard shortcut to stop the recording.
    • Look for the "Stop" button in the top menu bar of your Mac. It will appear as a square (■) icon next to the time display. Click on it to stop the recording.
  6. Save Your Recording: After stopping the recording, a preview window will appear. You can review the recording and trim it if needed. To save the recording, click on "File" in the top menu bar and select "Save." Choose the location where you want to save the recording, give it a name, and click "Save."

That's it! You've successfully recorded your screen using QuickTime. You can now use the recorded video for various purposes like creating tutorials, presentations, or simply saving a video clip from your screen activities.